Cinema: Breakup


Infidelity in the movies, in all contemporary fiction, is seen as a mostly middle-class affliction. The other ranks may be portrayed as beery bigots or cheery peddlers of homely wisdom, and they may be permitted any form of luxury that can be purchased on the installment plan. But the indulgences that are paid for in painful scenes and sleepless nights are usually denied the working class.

Twice in a Lifetime would deserve respectful attention if all it did were redress that imbalance. But the story of how the 30-year marriage of Steelworker Harry Mackenzie (Hackman in another solid performance) and his...

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